Car tax increase in Germany
1.25 EUR/100ccm more tax for older cars is rumored for January 1st 2009. But what should the German car driver do? There are no sure for the future cars on the market.
Since years, the German car lobby counts on the government as an effective instrument of sales promotion. Drivers of old cars are forced by taxes to scrap them and to buy a new car. Allegedly for the environment, but where is the deciding difference?
Even very old EURO 1 cars have better exhaust gas values then a 2 stroke rattle stink scooter. which can drive in so called "environment zones". My old Renaul Espace used as much Diesel as my new Seat Alhambra. The engine technic was 1989 not so good, but a minvan had at that time 500 kg less weight.
For the production of a new car can be estimatedt weight in kg times 1,5 is litre oil used to produce. When there would be plug-in-hybrid cars, the calculation would be okay. The energy expenses for the production offset by 5 litre oil on 100 km - higher energy efficiency and electric power from renewable energy - break even after 30,000 to 50,000 kms.
But what at a so called "new car" with fossil propulsion, saving only 0,5 litre/100km? Until the energy by the production is offset by saving fuel, the car is long before in the scrap squeezer.